Today is National Poultry Day!
In celebration, Chicago’s own Benny’s Chop House on 444 N. Wabash is offering special dishes for those who appreciate the versatility of poultry.
Poultry is grouped by domesticated and edible birds that are raised for their eggs and meat, including chicken, quail, turkey, duck, goose and pheasant.
On today’s menu, is Benny's succulent Buttermilk Fried Quail appetizer ($16.99) with black mission figs, maple syrup, and mustard, followed by their juicy Under the Brick Chicken dish ($22.99).
Benny's lunch menu boasts two terrific chicken selections including a Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($9.99) topped with buffalo mozzarella, roasted red bell pepper, arugula, crispy prosciutto, and served with Benny's famous hand-cut fries or an Asian Blackened Chicken Salad ($11.99) with grilled pineapple, edamame, scallion, carrot, cucumber, and mint with ginger vinaigrette.
The first "white meat" (other than pork) is the second most widely eaten meat in the world. Estimates are that about 9 billion chickens are raised in the USA alone. It's speculated that the European explorers were the first to introduce chicken to the American soil in the 16th century. But it was at the time of the World Wars which saw an exponential rise in the poultry industry to match the scarcity of food.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight. The bar and lounge remains open an hour later. Live jazz is presented Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact Benny's at (312) 626-2444 or visit www.bennyschophouse.com.